Annelies Van Assche received her Master Degree in Theatre Studies in 2010. During her studies she interned as a production assistant for Abattoir Fermé's production of Index 1 | Snuff (2009). She finished her Master with a dissertation on the contemporary profile of the Deutsches Theater Berlin twenty years after the collapse of the Wall (2010).
She has been studying the facts and figures of working in the contemporary dance sector since her internship at K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg (2011) where she was first confronted with the careers of contemporary dancers and choreographers working and living in precarious conditions. She has worked as a production and tour manager at P.A.R.T.S., the contemporary dance school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels, from 2011-2014.
In September 2014, Annelies Van Assche started a four-year PhD project, sponsored by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO). Combining theatre studies and sociological research methodologies, the project deals with contemporary dancers’ socio-economical position and its influence on their production processes. Choreographies of Precariousness is a collaboration between S:PAM (Ghent University) and CeSO (Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven).
- two guest lectures on 'Mobility' and on 'Collaboration and Networking' in the frame of the Master Seminar in Performance Studies: Political, Ethical and Social Aspect of the Performing Arts (cluster: Precariousness)
- one guest lecture on Postmodern Dance and the Flemish Dance Wave (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & P.A.R.T.S.) in the bachelor course of Cultural-Historical Aspects of Dance and Music Theatre